On Monday, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced an upcoming trip to Israel and a state investment in an Israeli startup that works on Electric Vehicle chargers.
“I’m not going to announce any dates, but I’m coming,” Hochul said, calling Israel “a unique place that is like no other on this planet. I believe that Israel is extraordinary, but also the opportunities that I see as governor are extraordinary.” The incumbent Governor’s trip to Israel will be her first since she held office.
Speaking of the investment, Hochul said Zooz Power, an Israel-based company that has developed a fast electric vehicle charging system, has won a New York-Israel Smart Energy Innovation Challenge worth $1 million. The award will allow the state to partner with Zooz Power to advance New York’s clean energy goals. “New York’s collaboration with the state of Israel, a hub for innovative, clean energy technologies, will deliver forward-thinking solutions that will strengthen New York’s EV infrastructure,” Hochul said.
During the same event hosted by the Jerusalem Post, Hochul highlighted her efforts to combat antisemitic hate crimes, which have soared in New York in recent years. “The rise in antisemitism is of deep, personal concern to me as a human being and the leader of this State,” Hochul said. “We’ve worked very hard to reduce those numbers and to make sure that our victims have support.”